The Joy of Vegan Baking: The Compassionate Cooks' Traditional Treats and Sinful Sweets

The Joy of Vegan Baking: The Compassionate Cooks' Traditional Treats and Sinful Sweets

by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau


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Whether you want to bake dairy- and egg-free for health, ethical, or environmental reasons, The Joy of Vegan Baking lets you have your cake and eat it, too! Featuring 150 familiar favorites — from cakes, cookies, and crepes to pies, puddings, and pastries — this book will show you just how easy, convenient, and delectable baking without eggs and dairy can be.

A seasoned cooking instructor and self-described "joyful vegan," author Colleen Patrick-Goudreau puts to rest the myth that vegan baking is an inferior alternative to non-vegan baking, putting it in its rightful place as a legitimate contender in the baking arena. More than just a collection of recipes, this informative cookbook is a valuable resource for any baker — novice or seasoned.

Learn just how easy it is to enjoy your favorite homespun goodies without compromising your health or values:

  • Chocolate Chip Scones
  • Cranberry Nut Bread
  • Lemon Cheesecake
  • Dessert Crepes
  • Strawberry Pie with Chocolate Chunks
  • Cinnamon Coffee Cake
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes
  • Raspberry Sorbet
  • Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
  • Soft Pretzels
  • Blueberry Cobbler
  • Chocolate Almond Brittle
Free of saturated fat, cholesterol, and lactose, but full of flavor, flair, and familiarity, each and every recipe will have you declaring I can't believe it's vegan!

Complete with luscious color photos, this book will be an essential reference for every vegan.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781592332809
Publisher: Fair Winds Press
Publication date: 10/01/2007
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 271,672
Product dimensions: 7.62(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

A recognized expert and thought leader on the culinary, social, ethical, and practical aspects of living vegan, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau is an award-winning author of seven books, including the bestselling The Joy of Vegan Baking, The Vegan Table, Color Me Vegan, Vegan's Daily Companion, On Being Vegan, and The 30-Day Vegan Challenge. She is an acclaimed speaker and beloved host of the inspiring podcast "Food for Thought," which was voted Favorite Podcast by VegNews magazine readers.

Colleen has appeared on national and regional TV programs—including the Food Network, CBS, PBS, and FOX. Interviews with her have been featured on NPR, Huffington Post, U.S. News and World Report, The Chicago Tribune, The Miami Times, Pacifica Radio, and Rodale News—and in countless publications, blogs, and podcasts.

Her recipes have been featured on and, and she is a featured guest on Delicious TV's Vegan Mashup, a program that recently aired on public television in 41 states. Colleen is a regular contributor to Perspectives on KQED, NPR's San Francisco affiliate, which reaches 830,000 listeners weekly.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Whys and Wherefores of Choosing Vegan     9
A Journey to Compassionate Cooking     9
Why Vegan?     15
The How-to's and What-nots of Vegan Baking     17
Better Than Eggs     17
Better Than Cow's Milk     24
Better than Buttermilk, Condensed Milk, and Evaporated Milk     27
Better Than Butter     29
How to Read a Recipe     32
Rise and Shine: Muffins, Biscuits, and Scones     37
Cozy Comforts: Sweet and Savory Quick Breads     53
Cause for Celebration: Cakes and Cupcakes     71
Timeless Temptations: Pies and Tarts     93
Familiar Favorites: Cookies, Brownies, and Bars     109
Bearing Fruit: Crumbles, Cobblers, Crisps, and Whole Fruit Desserts     131
Decadent Delicacies and Elegant Eats: Strudel, Crepes, Blintzes, and Pastries     151
Ancient Wonders: Yeast Breads and Rolls     165
Creamy Concoctions: Mousses and Puddings     181
Sweet Somethings: Confections and Candy     193
Frozen Treats: Sorbets, Shakes, and Smoothies     203
Fundamental Foundations: Crusts for Pies and Tarts     211
Restorative Refreshments: Hot and Cold Beverages     219
Over the Top:Frostings, Sauces, Syrups, and Spreads     229
Last But Not Least: The Appendices
Stocking Your Vegan Pantry     240
Baking Staples: A Guide to Ingredients     240
Essential Kitchen Tools     248
Resources and Recommendations     252
Making Sense of It All     258
Glossary of Terms     258
Cake Pan Substitutes     262
Common Ingredients: Yields and Equivalents     266
Baking Soda and Baking Powder: What's the Difference?     268
Suggested Reading     270
Suggested Viewing     272
Finding Your Way: The Indices
General     273
Seasonal     283
Celebrations and Occasions     285
Acknowledgments     286
About the Author     288

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Joy of Vegan Baking 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
odie1103 More than 1 year ago
I needed a vegan cookbook for my 18 month old daughter who can not tolerate milk or eggs and is underweight. This book is perfect as it has cupcakes, breads and muffins which are exactly geared to her palate and of course I just leave out the nuts if a recipe calls for them as she is to young. What a life saver! Many of the dairy and egg free items I've purchased, even in health food stores are not very good. Every recipe I've made from this book is fairly easy to make and extremely delicious. Even if you aren't a vegetarian you will love these recipes! Thank you, Ms. Patrick-Goudreau!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a total sucker for sweets, but I wanted to cut out dairy and eggs from my diet. This book is a complete, well-written, well-explained guide on how to bake without butter and eggs (which I thought were requirements for baked goods before, but now I know they aren't!). I highly recommend the chocolate chip cookies, the chocolate cake, the banana chocolate chip muffins, and the chocolate cheesecake (I see a theme in all my favorites...)! I highly recommend this baking book.
kitPS More than 1 year ago
Recipes are easy to follow and ingredients are also easy to obtain.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoying this easy to follow book. Explained everything 'new to vegan cooking'. Listed dairy substiutes. Excellent receipes.
Melodyofurdemise More than 1 year ago
This is a fabulous book for vegans; or those who have vegan friends, but still want to bake for them. The recipes taste great, even if you aren't vegan.
Eonisee More than 1 year ago
Compared to several other vegan cookbooks I have, I know I can coun't on making each recipe with confidence and satisfaction. Bran Muffins are so comforting and yummy, me & my kids spent a Sunday morning gushing over them, even my 8 year old boy couldn't get enough. Really, everything I have made has been such a success. As a mom, I know I can count on this book to feed my ever-hungry family.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is filled with useful information and fabulous recipes. The photos are incredible and make you hungry just looking at them. You must have this cookbook in your collection.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This cookbook is fantastic!!! I have baked two of the cake recipes over the past week and haven't been disappointed. Try the Chocolate Cake with chocolate icing and the Blueberry Orange Bundt Cake. The directions are easy to follow, and the results are incredible. I absolutely recommend for everyone who loves to cook. Enjoy!!!!!
onealdp More than 1 year ago
Absolutely one of the best vegan baking cookbooks ever. I adore this book so much! Colleen Patrick-Goudreau makes vegan baking so easy! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This vegan baking book is wonderful, and has so much variety even for the most finiky eaters. There are also many vegan resources and suggestions for replacing traditionally used animal byproducts in baking recepies. Highly recommended!
EmmaWylene More than 1 year ago
My cupboard is filled with cookbooks, but this is the one I use the most. Though I haven't made every recipe in this book - yet! - I am always amazed at how delicious the product turns out. I highly recommend it!
Rachel0402 More than 1 year ago
This is a terrific easy to follow cookbook...and don't let the word Vegan in the title scare you. The recipes are delicious and contain ingredients that are easy to find. There is a wonderful collection of photographs of the food. Who doesn't enjoy having their cake and making it healthier??
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing cookbook, the receipes are simple and easy, Not just for Vegans but for anyone who just simply wants a healthier way of baking.
LadyNoocherly More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderfully classic, comprehensive baking companion, full of food info and fun, factual tidbits. A great gift for vegan friends, but also good for the omni-cook. This book (includes!) but goes beyond basic American baking. I was most delighted to come across recipes for chocolate babka, horchata, and soft pretzels! Whether you are new to vegan baking, or a non-dairy pro, YOU NEED THIS BOOK.
HB1769 More than 1 year ago
This has a lot of great recipes in it! I've tried quite a few and they all turned out great! Lots of friends loved the goodies, and wanted some of the recipes! Great entertaining recipes!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best vegan baking book I have ever read. I use it on a weekly basis, whether it be using a recipe or the helpful hints in the first few chapters. I would recommend this to anyone, vegan or not :)
InterestedPotter More than 1 year ago
I just started trying to become a vegan and this book is really helping through the transition. I loved the authors introduction in the front and the tips throughout the book. She makes things so versatile.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Holy moley, this is a good one! There are many color photos, as well as several pages in the beginning to give you general vegan baking tips (egg substitues for example, some I've never heard of in my 8 years of vegan baking). Very eays to follow format, and the recipes are great! Be sure to try the Chocolate peanut butter pie on pg. 98 - it only takes about 5 ingredients and 15 minutes, and is easily one of the best desserts I've EVER had.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I totally enjoyed this vegan baking book and I will recommend it to my vegan friends. The recipes are easy to follow and I hope to try them all eventually. Bravo...hope to see more of this kind of baking.
electric on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Amazing book. Not only does it include great receipies with beautiful photos, it also fully explains how to turn any regular recipe into a vegan one. Dairy and egg alternatives are mostly "normal" ingredients that can be found at any grocery store (even in Middle America) there are a few specialty ingredients but even those are backed up with sources to find them. Appendix is full of useful baking information. Even non-vegans will enjoy this book.
mcglothlen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is an exquisite little book. I want to cook everything in it and that hardly ever happens with a cookbook. My only quibble is that it's a little preachy and she talks about "reclaiming" words such as butter for use by vegans as though it was taken away from them by force, which strikes me as exactly backwards logic.
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I have just begun my "vegan" journey, and in my former life, I "loved" to bake. I was so thrilled to find a vegan baking book. My adult son was 'home' this week-end and I had him "thumb through it" and he asked for the Chocolate Chip cookies. That will be my first recipe tried. Truthfully, I can't wait to start "baking". I read the entire first section to find out more about vegan baking, and I am in the process of purchasing those ingredients that will enable me to "bake" any day I choose.
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